mystical

adjective
mys·​ti·​cal | \ ˈmi-sti-kəl How to pronounce mystical (audio) \

Definition of mystical

1a : having a spiritual meaning or reality that is neither apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence the mystical food of the sacrament
b : involving or having the nature of an individual's direct subjective communion with God or ultimate reality the mystical experience of the Inner Light

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Other Words from mystical

mystically \ ˈmi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mystically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of mystical in a Sentence

He has a mystical [mystic union with God. She says that the symbol has mystical powers. the deep, almost mystical quality of her poetry a mystical journey in search of God mystical knowledge of the spirit world
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Recent Examples on the Web Not only does the mystical look resemble the Northern Lights, but Aurora nails also involve magnetic forces. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Aurora Nails Is the Top Nail Art Trend in Korea Right Now," 24 Jan. 2020 Not to mention, the setting, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, is arguably one of the most mystical in all of Africa. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Here Are 9 Bucket List Worthy Destinations To Travel To This Year," 23 Jan. 2020 The aim is clearly dramatical-fanatical, allegorical, metaphorical, statistical, and mystical. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Cats is exactly as crazy as you thought it would be: Review," 19 Dec. 2019 As the pair falls in love and faces mystical dangers, their story raises questions about cultural identity, overcoming trauma, and the power of first love. David Canfield, EW.com, "Exclusive preview: Lilliam Rivera's next novel spins a Bronx-set Greek myth retelling," 30 Jan. 2020 There are the inevitable encounters with a bear and a moose, as seen through the eyes of someone who has never seen either before and thinks there might be something mystical about the moose’s behavior. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Best-selling author of ‘cozy’ mysteries sets new series in small-town Alaska," 26 Jan. 2020 But the magical, mystical Voodoo -- taking D to another level as an artist -- was instantly his masterpiece. Chuck Arnold, Billboard, "D'Angelo's 'Voodoo': The Neo-Soul Masterpiece at 20," 25 Jan. 2020 Weil believed a mystical experience was the only possible knowledge of God. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 The harrowing threat of gun violence and the unexplained presence of mystical forces begin to drag the characters into unfamiliar territory. Mark Lieberman, Houston Chronicle, "Love and climate change in ‘Weathering with You’," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of mystical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mystical

mystic entry 1 + -al entry 1

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The first known use of mystical was in the 15th century

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19 Feb 2020

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“Mystical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mystical?utm_campaign=sd&utm_medium=serp&utm_source=jsonld. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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mystical

adjective
How to pronounce mystical (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mystical

: having a spiritual meaning that is difficult to see or understand
: of or relating to mystics or mysticism : resulting from prayer or deep thought

mystical

adjective
mys·​ti·​cal | \ ˈmi-sti-kəl How to pronounce mystical (audio) \

Kids Definition of mystical

: having a spiritual meaning that is difficult to see or understand a mystical symbol

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